Unemployment Benefits in West Virginia

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Welcome to the Jobcase resource center for unemployment in West Virginia. You may be trying to understand your unemployment eligibility and benefits to keep you afloat during this challenging time. Applying for unemployment benefits can be complicated, so we put together these resources to help you navigate.

What is it called?

The state-run Unemployment Insurance (UI) program is overseen by WorkForce West Virginia and is part of the Unemployment Compensation Division.


The fastest way to file a claim is online here

By Phone

File initial claim and weekly certification by calling 1-800-379-1032.

Coronavirus Update: Due to an increase in website traffic because of the COVID-19 outbreak, WorkForce WV's systems are experiencing disruptions and temporary outages. We know this is frustrating during this challenging time, but please be patient. Get updated info on COVID-19 and unemployment in WV here.

Info you need to apply

To apply for unemployment, you need to provide information including:

  • Social Security card and a photo ID (such as a valid driver’s license or passport)
  • The business names and complete mailing addresses for all employers you worked for during the last 18 months
  • Your dates of employment and reason for separation from each employer
  • Military: DD-214 form, the number four (4) copy
  • Federal government: SF-8 form (separation notice)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): SF-8 form and SF-50 form

-If you are not a citizen of the United States, you will need your government-issued documentation showing your work status. Your document must include:

  • An identification number
  • The name of the agency that issued the document
  • An expiration date

FAQ + Resources

For helpful info on how to apply click here.

Good luck, we're here to help! Information is changing quickly. Please consult the state’s applicable website provided above to be sure the information is valid.

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